with me, jared bernstein msnbc contributor and former chief economist for vice president joe biden. jared, with a good day to you, at this point, two months before election day, what do you say being the best-case snar yoe wifor the white house and the president with respect to jobs? >> i think more of the kinds of messages you've heard from the white house over the last couple of days. i mean, they'd obviously like to see jobs reports beating expectations instead of, as you say, under performing, but, as long as they're generating numbers in the, say, 100,000 to 150,000 range which is where i would put this one, they can say, look, we should be doing better, we need to do better, but we are moving in the right direction. just not quickly enough. and, by the way, about a year ago they tryied to take out insurance against precisely, this deacceleration, the american jobs act,s republicans blocked that. >> what about employers?